Former Premier League striker Gabriel Agbonlahor has explained why Jesse Lingard could regret not leaving Manchester United this summer. The 28-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan with West Ham but has remained at United this summer.
Lingard enjoyed a stellar half-season under David Moyes last season, scoring nine goals and assisting a further four as he helped the Hammers reach the Europa League group stage.
Despite supposed interest from West Ham in the recent transfer window, Moyes insisted a move was never close and that Solskjaer made his plans clear.
Lingard’s incredible resurgence has included three call-ups to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, including the provisional 33-man squad for this summer’s European Championship.
🤷 GA: “It’s going to be hard for Lingard. Where does he start for #MUFC?”
🔴 AM: “I think he’ll struggle for game time. I hope he doesn’t but it’ll be difficult.”
Gabby Agbonlahor and Ally McCoist discuss what next for Jesse Lingard’s future… pic.twitter.com/xCxwrxN2iR
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) September 8, 2021
“If you look at that Manchester United team, where does he start?” Agbonlahor told talkSPORT, as seen above. “They’re definitely gonna play a sitter, either Fred or McTominay. You’ve got Fernandes, Pogba, he’s not going to start ahead of them in that system. And they rarely get injured.
“Maybe if one of the two gets injured he’d come straight in. But I just want to see him play football. Last season, he was unbelievable. He was the main man at West Ham.
“So to go from that, I’m sure he’ll want to stay at Manchester United. After two or three more weeks, you’re not playing, you’ll be like ‘I wish I’d gone out on loan or got the move done.'”
It remains to be seen whether Lingard will come to regret his decision to stay at Manchester United this summer but if the start of the season is anything to go by, the midfielder remains in Solskjaer’s plans for the new season.
Lingard has less than one year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford and is free to speak to foreign clubs over a pre-agreement in January.